Equipment

Important part of enjoying your trip in full, is to have the right equipment. Choosing the right gear comes with experience and the lists here below should include most of the hard -and softwear needed for your adventure with Borea Adventures.

Sailboat and Kvíar Lodge skiing trips

  • Skis, shoes, poles and skins. Make sure the glue on the skins is good. If wearing new boots, make sure you have tried them out few times to see if the fit properly. Blisters are never fun...
  • Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel and probe) for the backcountry trips. It´s a must to carry all three items. We have few beacons and shovels that you can borrow. Just ask us before leaving home
  • Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts. Wool or synthetic. No cotton!
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer, take  two thin layers instead of one thick one
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
  • Ski/hike pants. Windstopper pants or similar
  • Thermal jacket (down or fiber) optional
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • Two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens
  • 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks and 2 to 3 pairs thinner socks
  • Casual clothes to wear in the evenings
  • Slippers or trainers to wear inside the hut or Aurora
  • Soft hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag. Summer rated is enough
  • Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases)
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Swim suit and towel
  • Backpack. 30-40L with ski straps is the right size. 
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
  • 1 litre water bottle. Small thermos is also nice to have
  • ...and don't forget your camera!

 

Northern Lights Winter Camp ski trip
  • Sleeping bag. Should be rated for at least -5°C. Down bags are lighter and compress better than synthetic.
  • Sleeping mattress. Thermarest type or thick foam mattress
  • Backpack (at least 50L). We´ll be carrying our sleeping bags and some food for the last two days. Make sure that the pack is big enough
  • Skis, shoes, poles and skins. Cross country skis with steel edges are good for this trip. AT ski gear will also work if you have soft and flexible ski boots. Make sure the glue on the skins are good. If wearing new boots, make sure you have tried them out few times to see if the fit properly. Blisters are never fun...
  • Thermal underwear. Two sets of shirts. Wool or synthetic. No cotton!
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer, take two thin layers instead of one thick one
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
  • Thermal jacket (down or fiber) optional
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • One pair of gloves and one pair of mittens
  •  2 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks and 2 to 3 pairs thinner socks
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Swim suit and towel
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, second skin for blisters etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it)
  • 1 litre water bottle. Small thermos is also nice to have
  • ...and don't forget your camera!

Summer trips with Aurora


  • Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. We also have heavy duty sailing pants and jackets that you are free to use at will
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • Two pairs of gloves
  • 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
  • Casual clothes to wear ashore
  • Boat shoes or slippers for below decks
  • Hiking boots (Vibram sole). Need to be high up on the ancle for support
  • Sleeping bag. Summer rated
  • Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases)
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Swim suit and towel
  • About 30L backpack for day walks
  • Binoculars is nice to have for watching wildlife
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • ...and don't forget your camera! 

 

Multiday Hiking Trips

It's important to rembember that you might have to carry all your personal belongings on our hiking trips. Try to keep your pack as light as possible but still take what you need but maybe not all that you want! Pack your spare clothes and sleeping bag in a dry bag or plastic bags. Pay good attention to your hiking shoes and that they are waterproof and up for the task ahead.

 

  • Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. 
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • One pair of gloves
  • 2 to 3 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
  • Hiking boots (Vibram sole). Need to be high up on the ancle for support
  • Sleeping bag. Summer rated. Down bags are the best since they are light and pack really well.
  • Sleeping mattress. The light inflatable ones are the best.
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • About 40-60L backpack That can take all your personal belongings, including the sleeping bag.
  • Small binoculars is nice to have for watching wildlife
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, second skin for blister etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • ...and don't forget your camera!

Sea kayaking trips

Remember that less is more when it come to packing for kayaking trips. There is limited space in the kayaks and we also need to split the food and tents between the group. 
  • Thermal underwear, at least two sets of tops
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. The lighter the better.
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • One pair of gloves
  • 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
  • Hiking boots. Need to be high up on the ancle for support
  • Sleeping bag. Summer rated. Down is best since it packs better than synthetic. It should be rated to at least 0°C
  • Sleeping mattress. Thin inflatable one is the best as it fits easily inside the boat
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Swim suit and towel
  • About 15-20L backpack for day walks. Keep it small so it fits inside the kayak. There are many brands that make super light daypacks. Similar to this one: http://www.rei.com/product/778466/rei-flash-18-pack
  • Binoculars is nice to have for watching wildlife
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
  • Small thermos. Preferably 0.5 liters
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • ...and don't forget your camera! 
Paddling gear. We supply all paddling clothing if needed. Feel free to bring your own if you have it available. With your personal gear, you´re guaranteed that it fits perfectly and is comfortable. We recommend good dry pants with ankle rubber cuffs or 3mm neoprene bibs. Top, preferable with arm rubber cuffs. Full dry suit is for sure best but can be pretty warm and cumbersome on sunny days. Footwear should either be neoprene shoes high up on the ankle with thick soles, or neoprene boots. Thin neoprene socks and sandals (Tevas, Crocks or similar is also fine). Neoprene gloves, mittens or poagies to keep the hands warm. The kayaks we use are mostly Perception kayaks. Sturdy plastic kayaks in different shapes and sizes. 
 

Greenland Expeditions


  • Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. We also have heavy duty sailing pants and jackets that you are free to use at will
  • Non marking sailing boots or regular boots. Fine thread will grip the deck better when wet than deep thread. No need to buy something expensive here. You can find nice boots/wellingtons in gardening stores or boat chandleries that don´t cost too much. Just make sure you can wear thick socks
  • Two pairs of gloves and one pair of warm mittens
  • 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
  • Down or synthetic jacket is nice to have for the afternoon chill
  • Casual clothes to wear ashore
  • Boat shoes or slippers for below decks
  • Hiking boots (Vibram sole). Need to be high up on the ancle for support
  • Sleeping bag. Summer rated
  • Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases)
  • Dark sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • About 30L backpack for day walks.
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • ...and again...don't forget your camera!

 

 



"The most wonderful trip, perfect weather, blue skies, whales, seals, porpoise, so many birds and the arctic fox appearing “on cue”. "
- Francesca, Wales
"I will hold memories of this trip in my heart for a very, very long time. Your hospitality, knowledge, humour, conversation, generosity of spirit and of course - incredible food!"
- Claire, USA
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I had an unforgettable experience. Great food, unbelievable snow and weather, and the best company.

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- Matt, USA...
Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.